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Old 02-04-06, 11:59 PM   #1
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The seas were bumpy like a washing machine yesterday, due to the southerly and westerly winds we've been experiencing the past few days. Our regular NE trades were starting to come back, and this only made matters worse. This type of sea is the most challenging as it tosses the boat around every which way, and we're talking about a boat that is 19' long and weighs 22.5lb.

Gotta train right? So I launch the boat, and take a leisurely slow warm-up paddle out towards the open sea. So about 15 min. later I hit the wind line and the bumpy seas, and I'm thinking about either cutting my 18mi. route in half, or going back inside and work on flat water intervals. Decided to go the full route.

About 200m from my turnaround point, I see for a brief moment the huge tail of a full grown Humpback. Just the tail, nothing else So now I'm stoked, alert, exited--scanning the the ocean for another view. Suddenly 100m out, there it is! A calf, a small calf that had come up for air. I saw the arc of its back with its little dorsal fin come up three times and of course, the spray of his blow hole. That's it. A mother and its calf. That made my day.



P.S. At no time did I violate any rules concerning the distance we need to maintain away from these whales.

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Old 02-05-06, 01:10 AM   #2
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Need I say it? This thread is worthless w/o pics.

BTW, that's awesome. Whales are cool. The calves are curious and the mothers are protective.
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Old 02-05-06, 06:14 AM   #3
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wow! cool !
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Some folks have all the luck.... livin' in Hawaii AND seeing a couple of whales!

So cool
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Old 02-05-06, 08:10 AM   #5
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Need I say it? This thread is worthless w/o pics.

BTW, that's awesome. Whales are cool. The calves are curious and the mothers are protective.
I'm trying to dream up a deck mount for a waterproof DigiCam to try to convey what these boats (Surf-Skis) are like, but it would have to be teeth actuated. The boats are inherently so unstable that I can't stop paddling when the Ocean is rough other than in a following sea. I've crewed on a number of state-of-the-art Grand Prix level racing yachts, had been allowed a few tricks at the helm on the long distance races, and I'll tell ya, the way Surf-Skis move through the water in a 20kt breeze and 8' seas is a thing of absolute beauty. These things stir my soul.


Anyway, over the years I've seen many Humpbacks while out paddling. The 2nd closest encounter I had was after I made my turnaround and started paddling for home. Immediately I heard a huge BOOM behind me. After the 2nd BOOM, I stopped and looked behind. It was a full grown Humpback breaching about 70m away. He did it about 5 more times before disappearing. I was also lucky enough to dive with a mother and calf off Molokai about 12 years ago.
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Old 02-05-06, 09:09 AM   #6
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Pigmode, are you in Lahina or off Diamond Head?
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I saw a bunny on my ride yesterday. Does that count for anything?
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Old 02-05-06, 10:54 AM   #8
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I saw a bunny on my ride yesterday. Does that count for anything?
Depends, how big was it?
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Depends, how big was it?
I'm guessing a little bit shy of 10 tons. Sorry, the humpback makes a cooler story.
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